|Not shown: the giant "Blob" leg... you're not missing much.|
I am glad to say I was with Xorn from the beginning; or since his introduction by comic-god Grant Morrison's during his acclaimed X-men comics run in the early part of last decade. Despite being part of one of the oddest comic continuity confusions in recent memory (SPOILER ALERT: Xorn was eventually revealed to be Magneto, but not the real Magneto, rather Xorn disguised as Magneto who was in fact really a brainwashed Xorn), the character reached a fairly high level of popularity. Eventually most of the interesting stuff written by Morrison (Buddhist-cum-fascist-mass-murderer Magneto, dead Magneto, actually any inclusion of the "real" Magneto at all) was quickly ret-conned out of Marvel 616 comic continuity.
|SPOILER: A true "kick-in-the-stones" |
comic book moment...
Xorn must have been more popular than many thought as someone felt it a good business decision to include him as part of the Hasbro Marvel Legends Series Wave 2 (2007) that also presented variant iterations of such iconic characters as the Juggernaut (X3 movie), Thor ("realistic" Norse God costume) and Wolverine (Ultimate Comics Universe). The series also had a "Build-A-Figure" feature which means that the packaging of each of the eight action figures in the series contained a different part of a larger figure, in this case, X-Men villain The Blob.
Of course, like all comic book deaths, Xorn's death as a conceptualized character didn't last long. A negative byproduct of his popularity was the attempt by writer Chuck Austen and others, against creator Morrison's wishes, to bring back a "real" Xorn; an idea that was used to better effect eventually in the alternate-universe Ultimate series of comics. Some things,